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RAILWAY COLLISION NEAR MEAI BRIDGE. On Tuesday evening last a report reached Bangor that an accident of an alarming nature had occurred that evening to the Carnarvon mail train, at a point between the tunnel and the Menai Bridge Station. The report, as usual, was accompanied by exaggerated statements as to the number of individuals killed and injured, &c. but from enquiries made on the spot we ascertained it to be only a rather severe collision, attended, we are happy to state, by no loss of life, but causing consider- able damage to the Company's property, and some slight injuries to the passengers. It appears that the mail train from Carnarvon arrived at Menai Bridge at 8 48 p.m., the down train from Chester being then overdue since 8 30 p.m. Just as the former was about crossing the Carnarvon branch to the up main line for Bangor, the engine of the Chester down train came in violent contact with that of the mail, the consequence of which was that the two engines were thrown off the line, and one ran into a second class carriage (fortunately unoccupied at the time) and smash- ed its front compartment to pieces. So great was the concussion that one or two buffers were completely cut off, and heavy plated iron sheetings severed off the engines. Some carriages of the Carnar- von train were also precipitated with violence against the rocks which lay on each side of the line. The drivers and stokers connected with both trains when they saw that the collision was inevitable saved themselves by jumping off the engines, but several of the psssengers were much shaken and bruised. Dr. Thomas, Westbury Mount, Menai Bridge, being sent for, was immediately onjthe spot, and examined eighteen passengers, all of whom he reported might proceed on their journey to Holyhead, with the exception of a young woman named Elizabeth Hughes who had her nose frightfully cut, and upon whom he had to make an operation. The up mail train from Holyhead having arrived picked up seven other passengers from the Carnarvon train, more or less severely injured, who were promptly attended to in Bangor by Doctors Hughes and Richards. All werepronounced out of danger, and those who did not reside in Bangor proceeded on their' journey in a day or two after. The guard" (William Thomas) who was in the van at the time of the occurrence received rather severe contusions and cuts about the head and face, but is now doing well. Upon hearing of the accident an engine and a num- ber of hands were immediately despatched trom Bangor station to the scene of disaster, where, under the su- perintendence of Ur. Saunders, superintendent, the debris was cleared away, aud the traffic, which was only impeded for a short time, resumed with the least pos- sible delay. Two engines and twelve carriages were conveyed to Bangor for repair in the morning, and some of them (especially the engines) bore evident marks of the violence and severity of the collision. It would appear the blame of the accident rests with the driver of the Carnarvon train, Hugh Williams, who ought to have noticed, on leaving the station, that the danger signal was up. In justice to him, however, we should state that he says the sign'al was down at half- angle when he started, and that before he reached it, it was afterwards put up, but too late for him to prevent the collision. This, of course, will be a subject for in- vestigation by the railway authorities, whose interest it is to protect their own property, and to see that the lives of the public are not jeopardised by the negligcnce of their servants. We may add that this is the first accident of the I kind on this part of the line, and it is certainly not too much for us to say that the Chester and Holyhead is one of the best managed lines in the kingdom. But we have often heard it remarked that the point of diver- gence for Carnarvon from the main line might be con- siderably improved; what engineering or other diffi- culties now stand in the way of that improvement, we cannot say, and are not able to pronounce an opinion.